How to Navigate Being Pregnant in College

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College years are a time of growth, exploration, and learning – it’s an exciting time! However, an unplanned pregnancy in college can introduce unexpected challenges that require careful consideration and planning. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there are pregnancy resources available to help you navigate this situation. There are people out there who care about making sure you have the tools you need to be successful in both college and pregnancy. There are a few steps that you should take when you find out you are pregnant while in college.

Seek Support 

You don’t have to do this by yourself! Reaching out to friends, family, and your partner is the first step to navigating being pregnant in college. These individuals can provide emotional support and help you make informed decisions. College counseling services, local pregnancy centers, and healthcare professionals can also offer guidance and resources tailored to your situation.

Communicate with Your Academic Team

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Informing your professors and academic advisors about your situation may feel uncomfortable at first, but they will be a necessary and vital part of your support system during this time as a pregnant college student. Most colleges have policies and support systems in place to accommodate students dealing with unexpected challenges. They may provide flexibility with assignments, exams, and attendance, ensuring that your education remains manageable during this time.

Make a Plan Regarding Your Academic Calendar 

Once you’ve informed your professors and academic advisors about your situation, they will be able to sit down with you and work through some changes that may need to take place. Depending on your situation, you might need to make adjustments to your class schedule to make time for doctor’s appointments or other obligations. Work closely with your academic advisors to develop a plan that balances your education and personal needs. They also will be able to discuss the financial implications your pregnancy may have when it comes to tuition – there are often additional scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid available to pregnant college students or students who are parents of children.

Make a Healthcare Plan 

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Regular prenatal care is crucial for the well-being of both you and your baby. Connect with a healthcare provider to ensure you receive the proper medical attention and guidance throughout your pregnancy. Colleges often have health services on campus or can refer you to nearby clinics that offer affordable care for pregnant college students. You can also reach out to your local pregnancy center for resources and referrals. 

Pregnancy in College is Unique for Every Mother

While an unplanned pregnancy in college may seem daunting, remember that you have the strength and resilience to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. By seeking support, assessing your options, communicating with your college, and taking care of your physical and emotional well-being, you can navigate this journey while continuing to pursue your education and personal goals. 
Every individual’s path is unique; some may choose not to continue their education, while others go on to successfully complete their college degrees while pregnant or parenting. Connecting with people who care about you and make no financial gain based on a decision you make is important to think ahead and make plans that are the best for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. If you need assistance finding the appropriate resources, reach out to us for confidential help. We’re here to support you in this journey.

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